Louboutin Trademark Red Soles Under Threat

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN’s quest to protect his famous red soles has taken him back to court.

The Frenchman’s attempt to prevent Dutch high-street chain Van Haren from selling iterations of his red soles went awry, however, when Maciej Szpunar, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice, advised The Netherlands court that Louboutin’s trademark protection rulings on the shade of red, which date from 2010 and 2013, might be invalid.

“A trademark combining colour and shape may be refused or declared invalid on the grounds set out under EU trademark law,” the ECJ said in a statement, outlining Maciej Szpunar’s advice to the judges hearing the case.


Szpunar expressed “doubts as to whether the colour red can perform the essential function of a trademark, that of identifying its proprietor, when that colour is used out of context, that is to say, separately from the shape of a sole,” the statement, according to the Business of Fashion, continued. In other words, Louboutin’s signature shade of red could not be considered separate from the shape of the sole, and shapes are usually not protected under EU trademark law.

Sanjay Kapur, partner and trademark attorney at intellectual property firm, Potter Clarkson LLP, added: “Whilst relevant consumers may instantly recognise a red sole shoe being uniquely associated with Louboutin, trying to persuade the courts to grant monopoly rights with such a ‘badge of origin’ may well be an insurmountable hurdle.”

“This could mean that Louboutin would not be able to stop its competitors, including haute couture fashion houses, from offering shoes with red soles. The red sole could therefore become ubiquitous, which would seriously reduce the cachet associated with the Louboutin brand,” Kapur clarified.

Louboutin’s case against Van Haren dates back to 2012 when the brand released a line of Louboutin lookalikes. At the time, the District Court in The Hague agreed that Van Haren’s shoes infringed the Christian Louboutin trademark, and ordered Van Haren to stop producing shoes with red soles. Van Haren appealed against the decision and in 2014 the case was referred to the ECJ for “clarification”.

Louboutin battled Yves Saint Laurent in 2012 in a New York court over similar trademark issues, and won the US trademark as a result. The ECJ’s new statement, however, is likely to be highly influential on the judges’ current decision on European brand guidelines, which has yet to be made.





Nollywood Star Omosexy Is 40 Today

Nollywood movie star Omotola Jalade Ekeinde aka Omo Sexy is 40 years old today.

In celebration of her milestone age, the movis Icon will be hosting a 5 days night out with the caption Omotola4PointO. The event kicks off tomorrow evening in Lagos.


The star who will be hosting the show herself. Checkout her post below:

She wrote:, posted on her social media wall:

Dear Lord…. THANK YOU.
I’m so grateful…
You ALONE Have done this and it is Marvelous in my sight.
Happy Birthday to Me.
It’s Only the beginning #Omotola4pointO


Today is also the star’s 18th year old daughter’s birthday and the mother of 4 could not hide her joy as she took to Instagram to share the good news:

Happy birthday to my twinnie @miiimiii_e
18 and fabulous! Beauty and Brains.
You know I adore you. Have a blast daughter. God has favored you. ❤

Jay-Z To Open Fast Food Chain

Ever the businessman, Jay-Z is apparently set to open his own fast food joint dubbed Hovino.

The rapper already operates exclusive The 40/40 Club, now he wants to take on the big giants and open his own take away chain. Move aside, McDonalds; Sayonara Burger King – Hovino is in the house.


S. Carter Enterprises – remember, Jay’s real name is Shawn Carter –  has applied to trademark the name ‘Hovino’ – asking for an International trademark – and covers ‘Restaurant and café services; carry-out restaurant services; self-service restaurants; catering; serving food and drinks; take-out restaurant services; bar services, pubs; cocktail lounges; wine bars.’

The man also know as Hov opened up the bar 40/40 Club in Manhattan in 2003 and has since expanded the chain to Atlanta, Las Vegas and Brooklyn, so he knows a thing or two about operating a successful franchise.



Spice Girls To Reunite In Epic £50M Deal

They are without a doubt one of the biggest pop acts to ever grace the face of the Earth, and fans have been clamouring for a proper reunion ever since the 2012 Olympic Games. And it seems that six years after that momentous moment in pop culture, the Spice Girls have finally said yes to a reunion featuring the entire original line-up.

Geri Horner, Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C, and Emma Bunton have agreed to get together for the sum of £10 million each, according to The Sun.

Simon Fuller, the man who masterminded their original pop success, is said to have put the deal together. Victoria has long been known to be the biggest hurdle to a reunion, having chosen to steer clear of music to focus on her career as a fashion designer, but has reportedly said yes on the condition she doesn’t have to sing. According to The Sun, the five stars have agreed to deal which will see them take on a TV show, endorsements and a greatest hits outing

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Spice Girls photographed backstage at the Brit Awards in February 1997 .; (Photo by Ray Burmiston/Photoshot/Getty Images)


However, it seems Posh has finally relented, as an insider told the newspaper: ‘This is the pop reunion no one thought would ever happen again. But after a long period of negotiation Victoria agreed the time is right to work on new projects this year.’ The ‘exciting’ move reportedly is set around TV projects in China, a new telly talent show, endorsement deals and a compilation album celebrating their greatest hits. However, fans should be warned that a full-on world tour is off the cards, as the source explained: ‘Victoria and Geri agreed it would be impossible to be part of a fully-fledged tour because of family and business commitments.’

spice vVictoria has changed her mind about a get-together, but is said to have sought assurances she won’t have to sing (Picture: Action Press/REX/Shutterstock)

Speaking about why Victoria has seemingly had a huge change of heart, they added: ‘Now that she’s a top designer Victoria is concerned about singing but she wants to make money to pump back into her business.’ The singer’s VB fashion house reported a loss of £4.6 million in accounts made public last year. The reunion will be a huge surprise to fans given it was only a few months ago that Victoria said Spice Girls comeback was NEVER going to happen.

Speaking to This Morning, she said: ‘It is not happening. At some point you’ve gotta know when it’s time say, “that was great”.’ has reached out to reps of Victoria and the group for comment.




Baddo Singer Olamide Loses Mum Hours After Celebrating Son’s Birthday

Popular Rapper, Olamide Adedeji a.k.a Baddo lost his mom just few hours after he celebrated his son’s birthday on Tuesday.

The YBNL Boss, who made the announcement on his Instagram handle wrote: ” Orisa bi Iya ko si laiye ( No god like a mother in the world)

The “science student” crooner, had earlier penned a birthday message to his son,saying; “Happy birthday 🎉🎈🎂Batifèori Maximiliano Adedeji ❤️❤️❤️❤️ more life young King 🤴🏾 from Dad, your best pal.”

But four hours after, he posted the message mourning his mom on Social media.

50 Cents Is Sitting On Bitcoin Fortune He Almost Forgot About

50 Cents is sitting on a hefty fortune that he allegedly forgot about.

The US rapper is said to have in the region of $7-$8.5 million (£5-6 million) tied up in Bitcoin after accepting it as payment for his 2014 album Animal Ambition.

The artist, real name Curtis Jackson, is said to have made 700 bitcoin sales, raking in $400,000 (£) in real money, according to US site TMZ.

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With the value of the cryptocurrency increasing to thousands of pounds per coin, the rapper has now earned himself a small fortune, something he said he is “proud of”.

He posted a screenshot of an article about his wealth, writing: “Not Bad for a kid from South Side, I’m so proud of me. LOL.”

He then shared a collage of himself surrounded by ‘bitcoins’ alongside the caption: “A little bit coin anyone? LOL. l know l make you sick but excuse me I’m getting to the bag.”

Fans praised the Candy Shop singer for his forward thinking while others cracked jokes about his name, with one tweeting: “So which coin u have? U trade 50cent or more?”

Another wrote: “You saw the light.”

A third posted: “THAT’S MY BEAUTIFUL KING @50cent I’M SO PROUD.”

Others asked him to donate his cash to help them buy houses and pay bills.


Second Royal Wedding Looms As Princess Eugenie Gets Engaged

So a second Royal Wedding of the year looms as Princess Eugenie, daughter of Duke & Duchess of York got engaged to her long term boyfriend, party organiser Jack Brooksbank.


Her engagement ring is reported to cost in excess of £100k, twice the cost of Meghan’s ring.

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Copy of the Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring at argos at £32.99

Already a copy of Eugenie’s ring is available for sale at Argos at £32.99. So if your Bae presents you with it, know where he got if from.



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